reclaimed old Poem, Mariposa Festival 1990

I was finally getting down to trudging through some old paper files in one of my filing cabinets, the allegedly organized one.


At Mariposa 1990


Murray McLaughlin walked down the path

towards the American Airlines tent

the camera crew followed

his barn coat, his baseball cap,

and his cowboy boots,

not necessarily in that order


and Murray walked slowly down

the music was slipping

out from under the tent roof

and the rain had stopped


I watched the music move over the grass

and the crowd was drying out inside and outside


the fur covered boom microphone

looked like a strange country’s flag


and it hung above Murray

like a fur halo once removed.




Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

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